The teams head to Staffordshire's County Showground, where the experts face double trouble. Tim Wonnacott travels to Bath to visit one of the city's architectural delights.
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So, where are we filming today?
Well, here's two clues.
Got it? Course you have.
Let's go bargain hunting.
Yes, you loyal Bargain Hunters, so knowledgeable, knew.
They're Staffordshire figures
and we're at the Staffordshire County Showground, by Stafford.
And I've a funny feeling we're going to have a cracking day.
Coming up, the Reds reveal their true understanding.
If you like Art Deco, surely you know what Art Deco looks like?
-Does he know what Art Deco looks like?
No, he doesn't know what it is.
Huh. Whilst the Blues find it a bit more tricky than they thought.
-Nothing catching your eye?
-Oh, gosh, this is hard work.
The locations may change but the rules remain the same.
Each team gets £300 and an hour to shop for three items
and the team wins that makes the most profit or the least loss.
Right then, let's go and meet today's teams.
Today, we got double trouble. We got a couple of Tom Toms
-and a pair of twins. Hi, everybody.
-So, Tom. Not you, Tom.
-How do you make your living, Tom?
I work in a video rental shop at the moment, part time.
-But that's only...
-Yeah, I do... I like to perform as well.
What sort of a performer are you?
-Well, I play guitar in a band.
-But I also do a comedy stand-up show with Tom.
-Are you going to give us a bit of your routine?
-Don't think we've got anything planned.
-Tell your baby joke for Tim.
Baby joke? Oh, yeah. I was trying to sell some of my old baby stuff on eBay the other day.
-I was wondering, do you wan'-a-cot?
I can see you're going to go far in this business.
Do you wanna-cot(!)
As long as you don't come up with too many of these cot jokes, you'll be all right.
Tom, it's not just about all this larking around, is it? You do do other things.
No, yeah. I volunteer for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind,
-which is a mental health organisation...
..mainly in administrative roles.
Is there anything else we ought to know about you, Tom?
Well, yeah, I try and learn a new word every day.
-What's the word for today, then?
-The word today I learnt was laconic.
-You're not feeling that way, are you?
Cos we're just at the beginning of the day and we're very optimistic about what you're going to achieve.
So what are your tactics?
Listen to the expert cos we don't know much!
That could be your first big mistake. Only joking.
-Anyway, very good luck. Very nice to meet you.
So, girls, are you quaking in your boots, you twins?
-Yes, we are.
-Now, Elizabeth, you're the eldest?
-I'm the eldest.
-Rach? You're the eldest?
-Are you? By how much?
-The grand sum of 10 minutes.
-Ten minutes. And it counts, doesn't it?
-Now, Elizabeth, you used to be a nurse.
-Yes, I did.
Tell us about that. Did you have the equivalent of Hattie Jacques come round in dark blue...
-No, she is Hattie Jacques!
-Oh, yeah, but when you started,
there would be somebody formidable in dark blue chasing you all the time, yeah?
Yeah, I can picture her now. She was the infection control officer.
-Ooh, she was the infection control officer.
What else do you like to do?
We've each got three children, so they keep me busy,
so I'm looking after them at the moment.
And you're the big sister, aren't you, Rach?
-I am the big sister.
-Yeah, what does b...
-Not literally, however.
-No, no. No.
-I'd like to say.
-Identical scale, I'd say.
-I'd like to think maybe, tipping on the other side.
The competitiveness between you two, I can see it seeping out now.
And what sort of job of work do you do, Raquel?
Well, I graduated with a degree in home economics
and I went on to work in the food industry,
specialising in pork pies, pasties and sausage rolls.
-Then, when I had my children, I stopped working
and embarked on probably the hardest job I've ever done.
-Weaning a family.
-So you both have three children.
-We've both got a boxer dog.
-You've both got...
-And we both love this programme.
Well, there you go.
I feel my bosom swelling with pride, having you on the programme.
-Now, the money moment. £300 a piece. There you go.
-Thank you so much.
You know the rules. Your experts await and off you go!
-And very, very, very good luck.
I always did fancy a pork pie.
Bearing all, ooh, and taking charge of our Red team today,
And, for the Blues, we have patriot...
I've no idea what it is you want to buy, actually.
Well, we're looking for something that's very collectible
that's probably not too expensive.
What are we looking for?
-Art Deco, I think.
-Art Deco. I love Art Deco. Who loves Art Deco?
-Marvellous. Shall we go and get some Art Deco?
-Let's go and get some Art Deco.
-Maybe a pair of something?
Oh, twins, pairs, yes, brilliant. Well, that sounds like a good idea.
They're off! And, straight away, Tom and Tom have navigated their way to something of interest.
-I tell you what, I like this cheeky chap.
-Do you mind if we look at this?
-WOMAN: No, certainly.
-Thank you. Yeah.
So where would you say that was made, then?
< WOMAN SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY
-OK. Thank you.
-Made in China.
-I think it's more Japanese
-and it's probably Meiji period, which is 1868 to 1911.
But how much is the Japanese figure group?
-I've got 70 on it.
-Well, we know where it is.
-Can we think about that one?
Tom and Tom have just started. Is that OK? Thanks for letting us look.
< WOMAN: You're welcome!
Well, well spotted. You have potentially got the eye, Tom.
-There we go.
-You are now Tom number one. Now, Tom number two,
do you have the eye?
-Probably not but we'll give it a go.
-Come on, then.
Right, your turn.
A good start to the Tom Toms. That's one down.
Jonathan, stop that chatting, get busy working.
She wants a photograph with her mother.
Ah, yes, that's what they all say.
-This is the life of an auctioneer, eh?
-I know, you lucky thing.
I don't think that'd sell at auction, unless you were wearing it.
-What do you mean? JP or Elizabeth?
You need a bit of cheek in this game, girls
and, talking of which, what are the chaps up to?
-You're looking, Tom.
-I am looking.
-What on earth is that?
OK. Let's have a look at that. Tell me how old you think this is.
I wouldn't have a clue.
Well, is it circa 1820, Tom?
-I think it probably is.
-I'd say it probably was, yeah(!)
And would it be probably lacquered?
-Well done, Tom. You've got the eye.
Now then, you would think, wouldn't you, Tom,
-cos you're going to tell Tom number one...
-You'd think that it was probably Chinese, wouldn't you?
-But we don't think that, do we?
What do we think it is, then, Tom? (English).
-English, yeah, yeah.
But in the Chinese taste.
Yeah, that's what I said. Probably Rotherham(!)
-That's exactly what I was thinking.
Rotherham. It's a north country piece, isn't it?
This distinctly shouts, "The North of England."
That, I find delicious.
What will we do here? Something to do with writing, isn't it?
Tell Tom. And then you put the pens there, don't you?
Pens, rubber, sharpener.
-No, Tom, you're losing the plot, there.
You'd probably have, like, an inkwell...
-An inkwell, tell him.
-An inkwell, Tom.
You'd have an inkwell there and a...?
-Some wax, maybe.
-Do you reckon there's any money in it?
I think, in auction, it's kind of, 1-to-200.
It might make 220, it might make 120. How much is this one?
WOMAN: Well, let's say for you 150?
But it's really the bottom price.
I'm sorry. My best.
It's in the middle of the estimate.
-What do you think? It's...
-I like it.
Seeing as we don't know about antiques.
And, I mean, I seem to know everything about this piece.
-Table comes with it as well, does it?
WOMAN: The table? Well, it's very cheap.
Yeah, I think we should go for it!
-The table's only £20.
-Are you throwing the table in?
-I'll throw the table in for you.
-We'll have the table as well.
You, Tom number one, are still number one, my friend.
-That's what I'm here for.
-My gosh, what a team. What a team.
Now that is what I call bare-faced cheek.
Nice work, Reds.
Without the aid of the two Toms, the Blues look a bit lost.
We've been down that one now. We haven't... We need to go up that end.
-How long have we got left?
Oh, we've only had five or ten minutes.
Plenty of time left, girls, but don't let it creep up on you.
-She's the Goddess of Mercy.
-Bet she's good on piano, as well.
With fingers like that, absolutely marvellous. How much is she?
-All right. What else we got?
Crikey! For lads that claim they don't know much,
they've got expensive taste.
Meanwhile, the Blues haven't even found anything to look at yet,
never mind to buy! Come on, girls.
You're covering some ground, ladies.
We've, I... It'll just speak. It'll scream.
-Do you think?
-It'll jump out at you.
Is it shouting, Rach? Is it shouting?
-Nothing catching your eye?
-No. Anything catching yours?
Oh, JP, this is a slow start for the Blues.
But have the Reds found something to write home about?
-They've made it look like a typewriter?
-Yeah, and the pewter?
Am I missing out on something here? Hello, there.
Are you trying to sell them something?
-MAN: Hoping to.
-Good. Good. I love that.
-What are you looking at?
-Old typewriter but it's not.
I'm confused. There's no screen.
-Oh, that's a bit of fun, isn't it?
Tell me why you like it, then, Tom number two.
-It wasn't me, it was you.
-Oh, it was number one.
I just wanted to have a go and then it fooled me. It's almost like a practical joke.
Well, it is a practical joke today but, in its day, say '60, '65,
that was absolutely state of the art.
So your mum or your dad might have had one at work
and you, as a five-year-old at home, would have had the equivalent.
-Do you know what the most important thing is?
The box. Does it have its box?
Now, there you go.
That, for me, makes it a really desirable thing
because the boxes are the first things, as a kid, what do you do?
You rip the box open, you chuck it away.
You burn it, you jump on it, you paint it, whatever.
And you get stuck into that. And who's it made by?
-OK. I haven't come across that before.
Are we going to try and get a price?
-Are we going to try and get a deal?
-I think so, yeah.
What would be the absolute death on this?
-I've had a lot of people looking at that this morning.
I've got it on at 35. I could do 30.
-I like it.
-Yeah, I like it.
-And 35's not a...
-No, it's actually 30, Tom.
You can talk me up again if you want to.
-And, and, yeah...
-For 30, shall we go for that?
I think it's a lovely thing. You'll never find another one.
-Thank you very much, indeed.
-Thank you very much.
Now we know what your type is, chaps!
Two items secured and one very pleased expert.
On the other hand, JP is in double trouble.
-You don't have to take my advice.
You are our expert, Jonathan. We need to take your advice.
What are you looking for? What jumps out at you?
-Something that I'd wear myself.
-Oh, gosh, this is hard work!
-You don't say(!)
Right, let's keep going. We've got something in mind.
Really? Can JP finally knock these twin chicks
off their perch and get them to fly...or buy?
Instead of pairs of things, how about a toucan?
Very good. So tell me about it, Jonathan.
Well, it's Carlton Ware. They did this Guinness promotional pottery.
And, you know, we're approaching half an hour of our time having been gone
and it is always a good idea to get something under the belt.
-I am optimistic, though. Half an hour to go.
-Fine, fine. Put it down. You can always come back.
Nothing's ruffling those girls' feathers but JP's in a flap.
Come on, Blues. Still three items to root out.
Meanwhile, David Harper has spotted a lovely pair.
Do you like them enough to consider purchasing them?
-I'm the same, to be honest.
Don't get too relaxed, chaps. The clock is still ticking.
You haven't got it all sewn up yet.
-Elizabeth, what do you think to this?
I know it's old but it's, nevertheless, pretty.
Yeah, it's nice. What do you think, Jonathan?
Little silver pin cushion.
With silver, you want to make sure there's no little knocks.
That's rather tidy. The hallmark's there.
-Untidy or tidy?
-Yeah, there's no dents, no little creases
in the metal, so that's rather sweet.
Pin cushions are to be used,
hence this would have been velvet and it's virtually all worn away.
And it's a Birmingham hallmark, which is an anchor,
and you've got a little lower case G, which is about 1907.
-What's your best price on the pin cushion?
-DEALER: What's on it?
DEALER: 19. It's cheap anyway.
Finally. Good work, girls. That was straight to the point.
Two more items now, please. Sharpish!
-Ah, now then. Tom.
-You said you liked Art Deco.
Is there anything Art Deco there?
I expect there is.
Then, if you like Art Deco, surely you know what Art Deco looks like?
-Does he know what Art Deco looks like?
-Well, how does he know he likes it?
He just likes the name. It's the only thing he knows the name of.
That's more like it. The Reds are back on form.
Now, how is JP getting on with those twins?
We've only got the one object, which is slightly concerning.
-That's a nice fire fender.
-OK. Well, have a look at it.
-I like that. I do like it, with the hearts.
-Yeah, so do I.
-Little fire kerb.
-What do you think, really?
I want you to buy things that catch your eye.
-I like that.
-I like that.
-What someone could do with this
is highly polish it, so it has that really right sheen.
These things come in and go out of fashion because the fireplace changes...
Yes, the size of the fireplace changes as well.
The look of having the warming pan
and all the brass around the fireplace has gone now.
But this has still got a classical touch.
-I think we should actually buy.
-Is it heavy?
-Oh, God, yeah.
-It's cast iron. It might have been painted, at some point.
But you've got a little leaf pattern running along the bottom,
which is very typical. This is just typical 1870.
Excuse me, do you mind telling us what your best price on this is, please?
-Erm, I'll take 30 for it.
I wanted 35 originally but I'd be happy to take 30 for it.
-OK, let's go for it. Thanks very much.
-DEALER: Thank you.
-Great. There we go.
-That's number two.
It was a slow start but now those girls are on fire.
And the sizzling Reds are burning to snap up their final item.
-What's that, then?
-Is it a card box?
-Probably part of a much bigger set, I would assume.
OK. "The game of skill, excitement and interest."
-Is it, really?
OK, so they're not ordinary cards, are they?
-It's got novelty value, hasn't it?
And anything with novelty value is really good.
Quirky, a bit different. Hi, there. What's the price on the card game?
-Ten? What can you buy for a tenner?
-Yeah. It's got my vote.
-Want to try for eight?
-If you want to haggle on £10...
-Well, let's put number one onto it
-because he is, he is the king negotiator.
-But well found.
-Yeah. Mm-hm. OK.
-I'm just going to pass you over to Tom number one
and he'll work a bit of magic.
Any chance we could chuck the chips in as well?
What are you suggesting?
I'm saying chips, card game, go together.
-How much for?
-Dunno. 15 for the two?
OK, yeah. Yeah.
-Tom, are you happy?
-Yeah, I'm happy with that.
-We'll do that.
-OK. Thank you very much.
Good deal, chaps. Job's done.
-How long have we got?
-Probably not very long. Probably only ten minutes or so.
We need to really go down one of these middle routes.
We need something that's going to just be a bit oomphy, don't we, now?
Come on, you've just got to find something.
-I actually quite like that.
-OK. What draws you to this.
-The fact it's symmetrical.
-A twin-handled vase.
-I actually really like that.
It's quite unusual, actually.
-'Are you sure, JP?'
-Similar to that one that...
-Sharp edges, Jonathan.
-And a bit more age to it.
I've just not seen a glass vase in its own stand.
It might have been for a cocktail shaker.
It could have been, yeah. But then this fits so well.
So are you saying you don't think it matches or...
-No, I think it's fine. Let's have a look at the bottom.
-Does that say a year?
It says Sheffield. EPNS. The whole thing is late 19th century,
about, well, 1900. 1890, 1900.
DEALER: I would have said 1890s, 1900s.
-Well, we need an antique, definitely.
-I can imagine that with some tulips.
-What's your best price on that, please?
-What have I got on it?
-50 would be my lowest.
-Not a penny more?
-Well, you can't say no, can you?
-I don't know if I like it.
-What do you think, Jonathan?
It's one of those objects which will appeal to ladies like yourself
who are thinking about something for the mantelpiece,
something for a chest at home, but it's always a gamble.
I think we should buy it and then let Jonathan go
and use his magic charms on the bargain buy.
-Is what I think.
-I think we could rely on you if our three things dived.
Because you have chosen all... Get this now.
You did choose all three items yourselves.
-Brilliant. As long as we've got that on tape.
What are you saying by saying that, Jonathan?
No. Go for it if you want to go for it.
-I think let's go for it.
Done. Ha. Couldn't resist.
The hour's up. So why don't we try and get a sighting
of what the Red team bought?
The Reds are convinced their 19th century writing box has profit written all over it,
especially since they've got a table thrown in.
They paid £30 for the 1960s toy typewriter.
And let's hope there's no joker in the room
when their 1930s card game and chips go under the hammer.
You two have been good value for money, I've got to say.
This is the joy of having entertainers on the show.
Honestly, Tim, it's been brill.
It's been entertaining enough. Now, which is your favourite piece, Tom?
Probably the typewriter. And your favourite piece? What about you?
Well, I would say... It's probably not my favourite piece...
-You agree, Tom, or not, Tom?
-Getting the box and the table for nothing, really.
-That was a free table.
-That was your biggest moment.
-Yeah. And how much did you spend all round?
-That is a mature amount of money. Lovely.
£105 of leftover lolly, please, Tom.
-Here we go.
What are you going to spend it on?
Haven't got a clue but I'll find something that suits Tom and Tom.
-Yeah. Something colourful.
Well, I could say it's Art Deco, they would never know.
-Now you've taught us.
Anyway, all the very best. We're going to check out right now what the Blue team bought, hey?
The Blues are pinning their hopes on the silver pin cushion.
A snip at...
Let's hope the sale room will be ablaze
with bids for their cast iron kerb...
And look what they got for £50. A glass vase with silver plated frame.
You're still chewing that thing out of your teeth.
So how have you got on with these terrible twins, then?
It's been fantastic. It's been great fun.
-They worked very hard. What can I say?
-You've had nothing to do, JP.
-Just followed around.
-Had a good time?
-You did follow us around!
-We were being busy.
-Was he gentle with you?
That's what we like to hear. Because you spent a mammoth amount, didn't you?
The grand sum of £99.
On all three pieces, £99.
Is there a strategy here to give Jonathan Pratt
the maximum amount of money so that he can expose himself fully.
-We're trying to maximise his potential in spending.
-And his expertise.
Yeah. Well, fair enough. Maximise away, then.
-Who's got the £201 of the leftover money?
-I have the money.
-Thank you. 200 and one smacker.
-And one pound.
This is getting towards record amounts for leftover lolly. You know that?
I feel a big responsibility on my shoulders.
There is a big responsibility. Any idea what you might buy? It's a great fair.
To be honest, I don't know. I've got an idea of what they like,
so I'll steer clear of that, cos I need to make some money out of these things!
There's an honest response.
Are you suggesting we bought rubbish?
I think before you shop for anything, you should give these girls a nice cup of tea.
-Look after yourselves, girls.
-Meanwhile, we're heading off to Bath.
You ever been there? It is the most gorgeous place.
Today I've come to the majestic
No 1, Royal Crescent in the city of Bath.
It was designed in the 18th century by John Wood the Younger,
when Bath became an aristocratic resort.
This beautiful house, which is now a museum,
reflects the life of the fashionable Georgian period.
The nobleman in residence would want to show off his finery
and how better than with an impressive dinner?
I could eat a horse, me.
Unfortunately, we're fresh out of horses today.
But what we have got is the most deliciously arranged
and impressive dining room, set as if you're about to enjoy
a dessert course in 1780.
But what I like about these arrangements in period dining rooms
is how you come across the original bits of kit,
which are designed to make life just that bit more comfortable.
Take this chap. Looks a bit like a coffee pot.
Well, it isn't. It was designed specifically to keep gravy warm.
Called an Argyll, after the fifth Duke of Argyll,
up in cold Inveraray Castle in Scotland,
got fed up with the gravy arriving cold at his table,
so they invented this fellow, which is a hot-water jacket
that's filled through that flapped hole like that.
And it then surrounds the inner chamber where the gravy would sit,
and, hey presto, when you come to pour it out,
out it comes, all nice and sweet and brown and delicious.
But what's the point in keeping the elements of the meal warm
if the plates themselves are cold?
Hence you have a little tin box like this
that doesn't look terribly impressive but, my gosh, it's practical
because, if you open it up, there you've got your plates.
Because, no matter how hard you try in a large house,
it is impossible to get the plates
from the kitchen up here in time before they cool.
So this little gadget, a metal plate warmer,
would be set up close to the fire, loaded up with plates,
and those plates would then be at exactly the right temperature
until the very moment that you want to serve up.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the table display
is this central sculpture.
In this case, a central temple and a stylised garden.
Each piece of which is made out of sculpted sugar.
Indeed, in the 18th century, it was sometimes the case
that the side plates themselves were made of sugar,
so at the end of the dinner, you'd take a plate,
break it on your knee into little bits and start to eat the plate.
Huh! How much fun would that be?
But I suggest you don't with these plates,
which are precious Chamberlain's Worcester.
Each piece has been painted with one of Aesop's fables,
en grisaille, that's all in shades of grey or black.
This particular one shows the fable of the fox and the grapes.
Old fox is wandering along, very, very thirsty one day.
He spots a delicious bunch of ripe grapes
and leaps up to grab 'em and misses.
He has another go, another leap, and he fails the second time.
He turns to the bunch of grapes and thinks to himself,
"I bet they were sour anyway".
Moral of the story,
don't despise what you fail to achieve.
The big question today, of course, for our teams over at the auction is...
..will they be better at achieving their profits
than Aesop's fable?
We're at Winterton's sale room and with Richard Winterton,
-proprietor and famed auctioneer. Richard.
-Pleased to have you.
-How are you?
-I'm very well, thank you.
And we've got a mixture, as you can see.
First of all, the Chinese export lacquer wee games box.
Looks to me what they call clapped out. How do you see it?
-I think the thing is old,
I mean, it is 1820s or 1840s, something like that.
But when they're missing fittings and when they're rubbed away, watch out.
OK, what's your most generous, bullish, dynamic estimate on that?
We've gone 80 to 100, mainly because of the age,
someone will have a go at that money.
Do you think they'll go to 150? Ooh!
-Do you smell a bit of a loss with it?
-They paid 150?
-They paid 150.
-Oh, I though you were...
-..making a joke.
No, it's no joke. Not on this programme, I tell you.
It's enough to make you want to weep.
The only saving grace is they got that table thrown in.
That looks like a five to ten pound table to me.
We can't be unkind about it because these things can very often turn around in the sale
and make a lot of money for some reason.
-but, logically, it won't do as well as they had hoped.
Passing on, we come to the tin-plate typewriter which, I have to say,
I think is rather a fun item.
-I like these things in boxes, you know.
Yes, I do. And when they're in good condition like that
and it takes you back to a little moment in time in 1953,
when kids were kids and dads were dads.
-It's still only £20 to me.
-You're such a...
-I'm sorry, I've put a real gloom on it for you.
-You're such a hard man.
-But then, they're not great sellers.
-What, not even in lime green?
-Not even in...
-When was the last time you saw a spearmint typewriter?
-What are you saying then, 20 to 30?
-OK, they paid £30.
Next we've got some gaming chips and a faux book box.
Again, made up with some free gifts. How do you rate it?
-About as much as the typewriter.
-Do you? What, 20 to 30?
-20 to 30.
-That is very encouraging.
-I knew you were going to say that.
-I've got a horrible feeling I...
-Cos they've paid £15, actually.
-I don't want to get their hopes up.
Well, they're going to need all the help that they can get, Richard.
-Cos the bonus buy awaits and here it comes.
Now, listen boys, you spent £195,
-you gave David Harper £105.
David, show us what you spent the 105 on.
Well, we're going on a trip to the Orient.
-What do you think so far?
-No, it's all right. Carry on.
-Show a bit of enthusiasm.
-What's it do?
Well, OK, I'll tell you. First of all, it's a lovely box.
-But when we open the box, we have inside...
..some blue and white hors d'oeuvre dishes.
-Grab one and tell me what you think.
You wouldn't fit many crisps in there.
DAVID AND TIM LAUGH
-Think a little more sophisticated there, Tom.
-And a tiny little party.
-A few cashews.
-A few cashews? That's what we want, cash.
-You've got the right idea.
-How much was it, then?
-Shall we talk about what it is?
-It holds crisps.
For crisps. Date-wise, how old is it?
Oh, I wouldn't have a clue. I'd just be making it up.
-That's a very sound answer.
I'd always stop while you're ahead, yeah? Have you got an idea, Tom?
-I'm guessing 19th...
-Absolutely right, Tom.
-OK, so there you go. Chinese, 19th century,
but in its box, which is fantastic. So, cost-wise,
-Lovely, well. Well, we watched his lips.
-For the audience at home, let's watch the auctioneer's lips.
Right, Ricardo. More of the same.
Chinese export lacquer top, look, that's rather handsome.
-So that's perfectly genuine 1820s, 1840s.
And we've got this set inside which, strictly speaking,
-is hors d'oeuvres, isn't it?
-How do you rate it?
We've put 70 to 90.
If it hasn't always been in the box, and there's some doubt,
they've really done very well to match it, haven't they?
-It's a good fit, isn't it?
-It is a very good fit. Yeah, but...
But it has to be said that the porcelain is extremely poor quality.
Very. The box isn't whoopee-get-excited-about really, is it, either?
-No. So your estimate's 70 to 90.
Harper paid 70, so he stands a fair chance of making...
It's a touch-and-goer, isn't it?
-If the team decide to go with it.
Now. Thump that fellow down there and move on to the Blues.
First item is the pin cushion,
which they invested the princely sum of £19 in.
That's OK. We would have put, what, £20 on it. They won't make a huge profit but...
-Estimate of 20 to 30 do you think?
-20 to 30. Yeah.
-£19 paid, that's a wise buy.
Next is the fire kerb. There's a lot of them about, isn't there?
There are a lot about. But they do sell.
-There's still a market for them.
-I think we've put £50 on it.
-Have you really?
-Yeah, I think they'll make 50.
Gosh, this is the sale room from heaven, this is, isn't it?
-£50 for that fellow?
-Yeah, they bought well.
Yes they did, £30 they paid, our lot, so...
-I think that's a small profit again.
-That's very nice, too. Thank you.
And the last item is the cut glass vase in the plated mount.
When I sit here looking at that, that isn't too bad.
That could make a bit of money. This is in at the moment,
so people who can't afford the silver are looking for the plate.
They've got half a chance.
-The cut glass is quite good, isn't it?
We've put 30 to 50 on it.
I think we're probably, we're more top end, going a bit away with that.
-Well, you need to be top end...
-..because they paid 50.
-I thought you were going to say 100 and something...
-No, no, no.
They paid £50 which, I think, is a fair retail price for it.
-And you're estimating that you might just get to 50.
-I think we'll get that.
-And that's very fair.
So all three of their items are in the frame.
-I think they can be comfortable,
but let's, in any event, go and have a look at their bonus buy.
Girls, you spent £99,
you gave the boy £201 of leftover lolly.
-Did you blow the lot, JP?
I spent £60 on a little shagreen spectacles case.
Normally these are, sort of, 18th century, early 19th century,
and it's just quite a light shagreen and it's quite a collectable thing.
-Well, it's meant to be green-stained shark skin,
but it's probably more of a ray skin,
but it was used as a decorative veneer on various small objects.
How old is it?
This is, in my eye, probably, sort of, first half of the 19th century.
-And how much did you pay for it?
-I paid 60.
-Do you want to handle it?
-There we go.
-How about that?
-How about that?
-Do you think it's going to make any money?
-I think so.
It's collectable but it's also practical.
-So many, many things to help it along.
-OK, brilliant. Thank you very much.
You're perfectly happy with that? You're just going to ponder, aren't you?
-Until after the sale of the first three items.
We'll wait for the life-changing moment.
Oh, yeah? That would be the auction, would it?
Well, hang on a minute. For the audience at home,
let's find out what the auctioneer thinks about Jonathan's shagreen box.
Here you go, Richard.
We see loads of these come through,
certainly two or three a month. I know it sounds stupid but we do.
Is there a container coming in, I ask myself?
I think it's got some age to it.
-Not a reproduction?
-I don't think so. We see a lot of them,
-so we haven't put a great deal of money on it.
-Like how much?
OK. £60 paid by JP.
OK. Again, it's all the money, isn't it? I don't know if I'd want to gamble.
No. OK. Well, very good luck, that's all I can say, Richard.
-Thank you very much.
-Thank you very much.
-You all right, Tom?
-Yeah. Fine, thank you.
-OK. Sharp? Good.
You've got your Chinese style writing and work box.
£150 paid for that, his estimate's 80 to 120.
He sees it as a bit of a struggle to get to 150 on that one
-but the market's strong. Who knows what will happen?
-There's a free table.
-Here it comes.
There's the writing box. There's a table with it, as well.
-There is quite a few bids on the book...
We are in at £80 to start. I have 90. I have 100.
-I have 10, 20, 30, 140.
Two bids out at 140.
First one on the telephone gets it at the 140. So we're a 140 bid.
Anyone else coming in the room? 140. We are sold then at 140.
You are so close there. Everybody should eat their words.
Blame me, blame me.
-It's minus 10 but it's not as bad as it could have been.
Now, here comes the typewriter, tin-plate jobbie.
Near enough in untouched condition.
£5 to start me, nothing on my book at all. £5.
£5, £5, madam.
-£12, here at the front.
-At £12, £12. Front here at £12.
-Do we have 15 anywhere?
-Don't like the look of this.
Sold at £12.
£12 is minus £18. So it's minus 28.
-I'm disappointed by that.
Now here comes your box and your chips.
It's the card game, chips, etc.
Again, £5 to start me, nothing on my book again, surprisingly.
£6. Ooh, £7.
8? No. £7 there at £7.
-Could be your fault, Tom.
-It will be. I reckon it will be.
At £7. Seated. £8.
£9, £10, £12.
-Come on, Tom.
-£14. Right away at 14.
-A pound off profit.
-Sold then at £14.
-Yours at 14.
-Oh! Your fault, Tom.
-Minus £1 on that.
-It is my fault. That's my fault.
-Oh, I can't bear it.
That means, overall, you're minus 29.
So what are you going to do about the Chinese set?
Now think about the last Chinese set.
-I reckon we should go...
-Go for it.
-Yeah, we're going to go for it.
-You happy with that, Tom?
-Yeah, if we...
-Yeah, let's do it.
-If you were 129 up,
-you might think about risking it, right?
-You're minus 29.
-Yeah. We're going to go for it.
-Go for it, yes.
The decision is made. Now I can tell you what the auctioneer's estimate is
and his estimate is £70-90.
And Dave paid 70 on it, so he rates it.
-Here it comes.
-It's the set now.
Again, we have commission from the same two that bid on the last lot,
on the Chinese, so we are in at £70.
80, 90, 100, 110, 120.
-Bid with me at 120.
-This is good, David.
-All out now 120.
-Your bacon's been saved.
-Sold at 120.
-Classic. That was your fault.
That is, I would say, that is a classic moment.
What am I doing? I don't do this. Anyway, no, hang on a minute.
-All right. OK.
-A classic moment, this.
Let me do the maths. You were minus 29, which is as good as 30.
And you've just won 50 on that, that's plus 50, less 30, is 20,
You got £21 plus...
-From nowhere, this man brought your pride back...
-I take it all back.
Boys, we make a great team.
-Elizabeth, Rachel. This is your moment.
-Been chatting to Tom Tom?
-No. Very good idea.
Good. Let me quickly run through your items.
You've got the pin cushion. You paid £19.
He loves it. He thinks it's worth 20 to 30.
You've got the fire kerb. You paid 30. He loves it.
-He's put 50-70 on it.
Your glass vase, he loved it. He's put 30-40 on it, but he thinks that's low.
-He thinks you'll definitely make a profit on that.
-You could be...
Steady, Rach. Anyway, the fact of the matter is,
you might get a golden gavel, if you play your cards right.
Anyway, the first item is the pin cushion.
AUCTIONEER: Little silver pin cushion there. Birmingham 1907.
Nothing on my book but I think will do quite well. So £5 bid.
£5, £8. 10, 12, 15.
Load of bids. 18, 20, 22, 25.
-I love it.
-I love it, too. I love the pin cushion.
-Look at that.
-£30. Right there at £30, £30, £30.
£30 through the centre at 30.
-Here we go.
-All done, sold then at £30.
You are £11 up.
-How cool is that?
-Now, here comes your fire kerb.
I think he's a bit over optimistic about this.
Nothing on my book on this one. Starting at 50. 40. £20?
-Oh, he's got no bid?
£20 for the kerb, £20.
-He says they sell very well all the time.
-Oh, dear. Did he?
You're making me a look a right one now. £10.
£10, madam. £10.
-What did we pay for this?
-What did you pay for this?
-30. We love the fire fender.
£20? At £18, then.
At £18. Looks like we're finished at 18.
This is not looking so good, girls.
-which means, overall, you're minus £1.
Again, a bit of interest on this one.
The plated two-handled. Commission bids we're in at 30.
£30 I am bid. 30...5, 40..5.
-50, 60, 70.
-This is very Lichfield.
-Look at this.
At £80, I am bid at £80. At £80.
-What a good auctioneer.
-At £80 I am bid.
-No more flabbered than me.
We are sold, then, at 85.
£85. That is...
Well done, ladies. I didn't rate that at all.
Yeah, it was amazing, wasn't it? So, overall, you're plus £34.
-What are you going to do about the shagreen spectacles?
-Oh no definitely, we love it.
And we love you, Jonathan.
-Are you going to go with this?
-It would do us good.
-Don't do it.
-Don't you think?
-You do have to look around
and feel the quality of the shagreen collectors.
Do you think they're here in town?
-Do you think you're going to go with it?
-You're not going with it?
That's a shame. Never mind. But thank you for being so positive for me.
You're not going with the bonus buy? Definitely not?
Mr Pratt, I don't think today,
-we're going to go with your thing.
-You're not doing it.
The shagreen spectacle case, then.
Again, nothing on my book. £40, 30, 20 to go.
-20 to go.
-£20. 10 to start.
£10 I'm bid. £12. 15, 18.
£20. 22, 25, 28.
£30. 32, 35.
£35 I'm bid. 35, 35, 35.
At the 35, all done. Sold, then, at £35.
Jonathan, go back to your day job.
This is what I do for a living.
That is minus £25, yes?
So you didn't go with the bonus buy. You did very, very well, you twins.
-Well done ladies.
-..you go home with a profit of £34.
What we don't want you to do, though, is don't talk to the Reds
until we reveal, all right?
-OK. Thanks, Jonathan.
-Thank you, Jonathan.
-Good decision, that.
-Not a word to the boys.
-OK. Lips sealed.
-That's absolutely marvellous, girls.
12, 15, 18.
Well, well, well, well, well. What a result today.
Have you been chatting, you teams?
-No, not at all. Good.
Well, it's lovely to be able to reveal that today we have two teams of winners.
-Yes, two teams who are going home with folding cash.
And there's just £13 between them
on the winnings stakes.
And the team that is marginally behind is...
-We thought we did so well, didn't we?
-That's your fault.
-That's your fault.
-Oh, yes, it's my fault.
The Reds did stunningly badly
and then suddenly careered back...
with a great result from David Harper.
£120 on the bonus buy was a very good price,
out of which was £50 profit,
which dragged the guys back from the abyss of shame.
And it gave us a lovely rollercoaster of a programme.
-Oh, it was amazing.
-Overall then, plus £21.
And here, Tom,
for you and Tom, are the £21.
-There's your £21.
-Ta very much.
-Oh, that's mine, is it?
-I hope you enjoyed it, anyway.
-Because you've been
very, very, very good contestants and it's been lovely having you on the show.
But the victors today are the girls, who are going home with £34.
-Fantastic. Very pleased.
-There we go, £34.
-Thank you very much.
There's 30 and there's your £4. You're happy about that.
-Thank you very much.
-Yes. And £35 profit on that nice glass jobbie
-with the plated frame.
-Now, none of us saw that coming did we?
Well quite, clearly, but you didn't see £35 of profit in it, did you?
I mean, a bit of a profit but that was amazing.
-We did love our vase.
Which was the best bit for you, Rach?
-Oh, the whole thing.
-Just been brilliant.
-And you, Tim, of course.
-Well, thank you.
-How can we forget?
-What about you?
-The best bit, the very best bit?
-Is it picking up the money or what?
No, but that's not, no. What's been the best bit?
-It's the taking part.
-I'll give you the line.
It's the taking part. Anyway, such joy it's been.
Join us soon for some more bargain hunting, yes?
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The Bargain Hunt teams head to Staffordshire's County Showground, where both experts face double trouble. David Harper heads up two Toms for the red team, while twin sisters Elizabeth and Rachel are guided by Jonathan Pratt for the blue team. Tim Wonnacott travels to Bath to visit one of the city's greatest architectural delights.